Ozempic and Rybelsus Treatment Options
With today’s medical advancements, we have more physician-assisted medical weight loss treatment options available than ever to help you achieve your weight management goals. Semaglutide Injections have become a major medical treatment option in the weight loss industry for their effectiveness in assisting patients in managing both their type 2 diabetes and achieving significant weight loss. With weekly injectable and once-a-day oral medications available, our patients have a choice in treatment options that best suit their personal lifestyles.
What are Semaglutide Injections?
Semaglutide injections are medication used to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is a genetic condition, type 2 diabetes has been linked to poor diet and lack of exercise, leading to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Oral Form: Rybelsus
Rybelsus is an FDA-approved Semaglutide that is taken orally for the management of type 2 diabetes but has been gaining attention for its potential use as a medical weight loss treatment.
Rybelsus encourages insulin production to help regulate blood sugar levels, making it a very effective medication in managing type 2 diabetes. While not labeled as a weight loss medication, Rybelsus has also started to be prescribed off-label to aid in weight loss and obesity management because when our blood sugar is level, our appetites are suppressed, effectively eliminating overeating or binge eating.
In combination with a healthy diet and increased exercise, Semaglutide injectables like Ozempic can be an effective treatment option for managing your type 2 diabetes as well as facilitating weight loss. Just like Rybelsus, Ozempic injectables are being prescribed off-label for the treatment of weight loss and weight management because they act like an appetite suppressant.
Diet and Exercise
While Semaglutide is a great addition to your medical weight loss journey, they are only one part of a weight loss plan. A nutritious diet and increased exercise are essential elements in maintaining health. Medication options will decrease an appetite, but if lifestyle changes don’t occur with these medications, weight loss, and weight loss management goals will not be maintained.
The recommended dosage for injectable treatment options like Ozempic is a once-a-week injection.
For an oral treatment option like Rybelsus, one pill daily is all that is needed.
Yes. In consultation with our providers, we will help modulate your transition from an oral medication to an injectable treatment option.
For injectable treatment options, these need to be stored in the refrigerator in their original packaging as to not damage the product.
For oral medications, storing away from moisture and excessive heat at room temperature is necessary.
Common side effects of Semaglutide treatments include but are not limited to:
- Low blood sugar
- Upset stomach, gas, and bloating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Headache, dizziness, and tiredness
Ozempic face describes the occurrence of loss of volume in the face of patients using the injectable Semaglutide brand Ozempic. This phenomenon occurs when patients lose too much weight in a short span of time, causing wrinkles and sagging skin to develop around the eyes, chin, mouth, and jawline.
To combat this effect, Ozempic users should maintain a high level of hydration while also slowing down the rate of weight loss by increasing protein intake.
For cosmetic treatment options, facial fillers can be used to restore the lost volume in the face, chin, and cheeks to create a fuller-looking appearance.
Semaglutide should not be used by patients who are experiencing a stomach or intestinal disorder, pancreatitis, kidney disease, or have a history of thyroid cancer. Semaglutides have also not been approved for patients under 18 years of age.
If you are interested in learning more about how Semaglutide can work for your weight loss journey, reach out to our providers today for a consultation.